News & Analysis: NGOs

Virus fears as Mozambique conflict fuels overcrowding, hunger

“Most of those escaping the ongoing conflict are finding shelter with family or strangers in areas further south, putting a burden on the host families and leading to overcrowding that raises the risk of spreading COVID-19, say aid groups.”

via Thomson Reuters Foundation

Are warnings of a COVID-19 famine in Africa overblown?

“Alarm bells have been ringing for months that COVID-19 could push fragile African countries ‘closer to the abyss’ of famine as jobs are lost, local markets close, and poverty deepens.”

via The New Humanitarian

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia resist camp closure amid COVID-19 fears

“A plan by the Ethiopian government to relocate around 27,000 Eritrean refugees to two already overcrowded camps is yet to be shelved, despite concerns by aid organisations over both the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the confusion the stated policy has caused.”

via Eritrea Hub

Interview with Dr. Natasha Kaoma: Maintaining Community Work and Reproductive Health Efforts during the Pandemic

Dr. Natasha Kaoma, CEO of Copper Rose Zambia, an NGO working on issues of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her organization’s work.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations

A new survey of over 1,000 African civil society organizations across 44 countries shows the profound impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the sector.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 changed the world. Can it change aid, too?

“Does this moment demand a new conception of ‘aid’ altogether? And can the industry finally acknowledge that while the premise upon which it was founded remains noble and necessary, the structure itself risks being rendered obsolete?”

via The New Humanitarian

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations

“The report presents a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs, as well as the many ways that they are responding to the crisis while safeguarding their organizations. It also highlights opportunities that emerged from the crisis and crucial challenges which need to be addressed in support of the recovery and sustainability of African CSOs.”

via Epic Africa & AfricanNGOs

Interview with Betty Wilkinson: Financial Stress and Pathways for COVID-19 Resilience in Zambia

Betty Wilkinson, CEO, Financial Sector Deepening Zambia, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the economic impacts of the pandemic in Zambia and the way her group and others are responding.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Surgisphere Fallout Hits African Nonprofit’s COVID-19 Efforts

“Surgisphere Corporation, an Illinois-based company founded in 2008 by vascular surgeon Sapan Desai, has come under fire in recent days for failing to obtain independent validation for datasets used in two high-profile studies in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. Both papers are now retracted.”

via The Scientist

COVID-19’s Impact in Kenya: Reflections from Joy Doreen Biira

Kenya-based journalist, Joy Doreen Biira shares her thoughts on COVID-19’s impacts in the Kibra slum in Nairobi, the community response, and what the priorities for a ‘new normal’ should be.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch